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Five MORE Things I Don't Have (that Most People Do)

Back in October I wrote about five things I don't own (that most people do) and it has since become my most popular post. I think people - myself included - are nosy and like to have a little peek into others' lives, especially if they're slightly different or extreme in some way.  

If you want to know why I don't own a microwave, dishwasher, tumble dryer, DVD player or ironing board (and why I have two blenders) then head over and give that post a read. But for now, I'm going to continue the saga and tell you about five more things I don't have. (You might've noticed that I've called this one Five More Things I Don't Have rather than Five More Things I Don't Own as one doesn't technically 'own' some of the things on this list - you'll see what I mean if you read on...)

1. Make-Up
I've never really been that into make-up. I have no idea how to contour and I couldn't do a cut crease if my life depended on it. I wrote a post a…

Declutter Your Fantasy Self? Or Become Your Fantasy Self?

I've wanted to write a post about decluttering your fantasy self for a while now. I have touched on it briefly a few times, but never dedicated an entire post to the subject.

You're probably familiar with the concept of decluttering the fantasy self by now, especially if you watch a lot of minimalists on YouTube. The premise is basically to realise what things you're holding onto which represent the person you want to be, rather than who you actually are. For example, if you own 20 cocktail dresses but never go out, or stash a load of equipment from that one time you went hiking, but now never actually walk further than the corner shop, you have a fantasy self.

Every video I've watched so far has given the advice to declutter your fantasy self - donate or sell those items taking up space in your house which are never used. This is definitely good advice - if you don't use something and probably never will, then it's probably best to get rid of it.

But then I watc…

Giving Up On Minimalism

Is it possible to stop being a minimalist?

Recently I've seen a few blog posts and YouTube videos called things like I'm Quitting Minimalism! and Why the Minimalist Lifestyle Wasn't for Me. The person's excuse for 'giving up' minimalism is usually something along the lines of, "I found it too restrictive; I love to craft and couldn't live without all my supplies!" or "I hated staring at the bare walls!"

Others say they simply 'took a break' from minimalism and noticed that the stuff started piling back up again after a while.

So how did they decide to 'give up' or 'take a break' from minimalism? Did they suddenly change their beliefs, forget everything they'd formerly realised about capitalist culture and consumerism and start thinking that owning more and more things would make them happy?

Or were they just never minimalists in the first place?

I think the people in the first example liked the idea of minimalism …

Seven Ways Minimalism Has Improved My Life

As you can probably tell by now if you read my blog regularly, I love lists. A lot of my posts are entitled Seven Reasons... or Five Things... and this one is no different.

Lately I've been thinking about all the ways my life has improved since embracing minimalism and I thought I'd share them with you in my favourite format (a list, if that wasn't obvious). So here are seven ways minimalism has improved my life.

1. Dealing with less clutter
I was never exactly a hoarder and I've always been a very tidy person (well, not always - if my mum's reading this she'll be getting out the photos of my teenage bedroom to embarrass me) but, living in a small London apartment now, it can get cramped very quickly if my husband and I bring too much into it. Getting rid of stuff made the place feel bigger and gave us so much more space to live in.

2. Giving to charity
I didn't sell one thing I got rid of - it seemed like too much effort to list it all online, wait for it to …

Five Things Minimalists are Sick of Hearing

Minimalism is having a moment right now. It's definitely been gaining momentum over the past few years and has become a lot more mainstream since The Minimalists' documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things hit Netflix earlier this year. More and more people are being inspired to let go of their superfluous  possessions and pursue a more meaningful life instead.

Unfortunately, though, when a thing becomes popular, there are always the inevitable naysayers - people who oppose the thing (usually without even trying it) and deride those who practise it. They'll come out with sarcastic comments, jokes aimed to belittle and reasons why they would never do said thing. Most of these just show a lack of understanding of what the thing actually entails.

Here are five things people regularly say about minimalism that  minimalists are getting sick of hearing. If you know a minimalist, this is a list of things not to say to them - they've probably heard each one…

Five Hard Truths About Minimalism (and How to Overcome Them)

Some people say minimalism is hard. I disagree with this and think that not only is it easy to be a minimalist, but in turn it will make your life easier. However, when you first embrace minimalism, you might find that there are several obstacles to overcome.

Here are five things that will probably happen when you decide to start minimising, and how to deal with them:

1. It will take time, effort and dedication - at least at first.
Rome wasn't built in a day, as the saying goes. Your clutter didn't appear overnight; it took years (possibly decades) to build up. So don't expect to get rid of it all in just a few days. The process will probably be both physically and mentally taxing. You'll have to face up to old memories and make some difficult decisions about your stuff. You'll also have to make multiple trips to the charity shop - and anything you decide to sell will have to be photographed, listed online, packaged and taken to the post office. You might not get as …

Why Are You Still Holding Onto That?

Decluttering can be hard. How do you know what to keep and what to toss? A lot of people start trying to pare down their possessions but become overwhelmed and give up. They think they're not 'allowed' to get rid of certain things, because they hold memories or were a gift. Others have a kind of separation anxiety and find it so hard to let things go that they come up with excuse after excuse to hold onto items that clearly aren't adding any value to their lives.

Here are six stories people tell themselves for holding onto things they really don't need, and my responses to them.

1. I might need it
This seems to be the main reason people are scared of throwing things out - they think that they'll get rid of something they might need one day in the future. These things are known as just in case items and I like to apply The Minimalists' 20/20 rule when it comes to them - if you can replace the item for less than 20 dollars (or pounds) in less than 20 minutes fr…

Seven Reasons to Become a Minimalist ASAP

I love minimalism.

I love it so much that I even started a blog dedicated to it. I want to share my passion with others on the same journey and encourage people who are just starting out. So if you're interested in the whole minimalism movement and have been contemplating becoming a minimalist, here are seven reasons why you should take the leap!

1. You feel overwhelmed by clutter
This is probably the number 1 reason why most people embrace minimalism. We spend our whole lives collecting stuff without a second thought, then one day we realise we can't get into the spare room anymore and have to park the car on the street even though we have a perfectly good garage - and we don't use any of the stuff in there anyway because we can't even get to it and have forgotten what 70 per cent of it is. This is usually the point when people realise that their lives would be so much easier and more stress free if they just owned less stuff.

2. You have depression and/or anxiety

Six Perfect Minimalist Gift Ideas

To many people, gift giving is a love language. It's how we show another person that we care about them.
I remember when I was a child and shopping with my dad for a present for my stepsister. My dad picked up an item (I can't even remember what it was now) and said "Let's get her this". I didn't think she'd like whatever it was he was holding so asked, "What if she doesn't like it?" to which my dad replied, "She doesn't have to like it; it's a present".

I couldn't see the logic behind buying someone a gift that they probably wouldn't like - but now I realise that my dad's words were his way of saying it's the thought that counts. We buy people presents because we want them to know we're thinking of them on their birthday or other special occasion, or sometimes 'just because'. We want to make them happy (although I still don't see how buying something someone hates will make them happy, but I…

How to Cope with Living with a Non-Minimalist

One of the questions most asked by new minimalists is:
How do I get my spouse/roommate/parents on board?

When we first discover minimalism, we think it's the GREATEST THING EVER and want to start throwing all our stuff out RIGHT AWAY (or was that just me?). Unfortunately, we can often encounter resistance or disapproval from the people we live with, who don't understand why we're suddenly tossing all our belongings into a 'donate' pile and who certainly don't want to give any of their own stuff away.

My husband is not a minimalist. More's the pity, but, as I'm not willing to let go of him, I have to live with it. Luckily he's not a hoarder, but if he wants something and he has the money, he'll buy it. Unlike me, who questions every single purchase with Do I really need this? Will it bring any value to my life or is it just an impulse purchase? Where would I store it? etc etc. Consequently most of the stuff in our house belongs to him.

When dealing…